A group of chair yoga participants run by member Diane donated £60 to go towards the Bath and District Samaritans . The group from Bowles Court in Chippenham enjoy free classes most weeks and are happy to put their hands in their pockets at the end of the year. They had just enjoyed using the balls to enhance their yoga experience!
President Jenny inducted our latest member at our meeting on Wednesday evening at the Hall and Woodhouse restaurant in Bath. Mary Burton is our newest recruit and she was welcomed by our President and presented with her badge and welcome pack. We hope that Mary will soon start to take part with all of our projects and advocacy and wish her well in our Soroptimist community.
Club members from the South West came together by train from all over the region to join the Swindon club, with guest appearances from Tara Newley-Arkle and the Police Commissioner for Wiltshire, Angus McPherson. There were over 50 members who walked from Swindon station through the town offering ‘love me, love me not’ bookmarks to anyone that was passing by. This was to mark the elimination of violence against women day which is on Monday.
The rally finished at the Steam museum with talks from the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Angus McPherson before listening to a women’s group of survivors and thrivers who have come together to sing their special song.
We heard all about the charity Mercy Ships on Saturday at our regional meeting in Taunton. What a fascinating charity it is and it gives so much hope to many people in West Africa in particular. The operations that these amazing volunteers perform are life changing and benefit so many lives.
Club members filled up shoe boxes with goodies for different gender and age groups for the FSCI charity which is part of the Trussell Trust charity based in Salisbury. Bon voyage!
Liz presented the 3rd Toilet Twinning Certificate to The Embroidery Guild at Saltford Hall today. This was in memory of Miss Beryl Morgan. This completes the 3 presentations, the other two being St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Corsham where Beryl wotshipped and Hall and Woodhouse restaurant in Bath where we hold our monthly meetings. Please look out for them in their toilettes!
Our 85th Federation conference took place in October, and as usual there were great speakers such as Baroness Susan Greenfield who gave us an insight into neuroscience.
The main theme was about mental health “Think on it”, which was our Federation President’s theme for the past year.
Programme Action is still at the forefront of our work and many clubs won Best Practice awards for their wonderful projects which inspired us all.